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Inflation Replaces Covid as the Latest Holiday Travel Disruptor

Following two years of pandemic cancellations, high prices are complicating plans to connect with family.

Travelers at San Francisco International Airport before the Thanksgiving holiday in 2021.

Travelers at San Francisco International Airport before the Thanksgiving holiday in 2021.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

For the past two holiday seasons, Andi Garland wasn’t able to visit her dad for Thanksgiving due to the pandemic. This year, the Louisiana native’s plans were stymied by a different force: inflation. 

With ticket prices surging compared to last year, the 22-year-old who works in a dermatology clinic decided to forgo seeing her dad and his new wife in Atlanta.